Robert B. Parker's Blind Spot

"Coleman keeps the characters and the somber atmosphere but makes the book his own stylistically." --Booklist

Police Chief Jesse Stone is back in the remarkable new installment of the New York Times–bestselling series.
It’s been a long time since Jesse Stone left L.A., and still longer since the tragic injury that ruined his chances for a major league baseball career. When Jesse is invited to a reunion of his old Triple-A team at a hip New York city hotel, he is forced to grapple with his memories and regrets over what might have been.

Jesse left more behind him than unresolved feelings about the play that ended his baseball career. The darkly sensuous Kayla, his former girlfriend and current wife of an old teammate is there in New York, too. As is Kayla’s friend, Dee, an otherworldly beauty with secret regrets of her own. But Jesse’s time at the reunion is cut short when, in Paradise, a young woman is found murdered and her boyfriend, a son of one of the town’s most prominent families, is missing and presumed kidnapped.

Though seemingly coincidental, there is a connection between the reunion and the crimes back in Paradise. As Jesse, Molly, and Suit hunt for the killer and for the missing son, it becomes clear that one of Jesse’s old teammates is intimately involved in the crimes. That there are deadly forces working below the surface and just beyond the edge of their vision. Sometimes, that’s where the danger comes from, and where real evil lurks. Not out in the light—but in your blind spot.      

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Character development5 star

You might miss Parker's terser prose and wit but Coleman brings more life to Stone, the characters in Paradise and the plot lines than we've ever seen before. I'll be looking forward to more from this author. 55


Kept my interest5 star

And that's hard to do when writing about the complicated Jesse Stone 55


Bleak2 star

Parker always knew how to make his characters real without robbing them of humanity. This book turns its back on all the good work Parker did to make us like Jesse Stone despite his flaws. Dispatching the cat made it clear Parker was also summarily dispatched. I'm disappointed. 25


Not at all like Parker1 star

The character names are the same but the characters are hollow dark shells. Gone is the ironic humor, replaced by pure gratuitous cynicism -- and heavy-handed at that. Parker had subtle finesse. This guy has none. As a dyed in the wool Parker fan, I really didn't like it. 15


Different than Parker but very good5 star

This was the best Robert Parker book that wasn't written by the man himself. Finally I feel like they found someone that is capable of continuing the legacy Mr Parker created. 55

Aim high.

Good Jesse Stone5 star

The mood is dark. Jesse wrestled the bottle, sometimes. Pacing is fast. Ending good. 55


Disappointing3 star

I'm very disappointed in this book. As a stand-alone book, it would be fine. As a Jesse Stone novel, I'm not seeing the point. The voice is not Parker. It's not even remotely like Parker. Coleman is way too wordy. He flushed the cat without ceremony. Molly Crane is unrecognizable. Stone is sort of the same, but not in good ways. A series I liked is now dead. I don't know why the change of author, but it was a bad decision. 35

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